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How I Transport Dogs

Updated: Aug 18, 2020

It's always good to prepare for the worst, especially when transporting precious pets for their walkies. This blog post has been written to share my van and how I'm ensuring dogs are transported as safely as possible. Vehicles can become hot when in warm weather or in the sun, so to prevent dogs from developing heat stroke there are two vents installed to help refresh the air inside - one being motorised so dogs can get fresh air even when there is no wind. A thermometer is also kept inside so the internal temperature can be monitored and the motorised vent adjusted accordingly.

The crates have been professionally fitted and have escape doors in case the back of the van cannot be opened, and low level lighting so dogs aren't travelling in the dark. Each household will have their own crate so dogs can travel in comfort and relax in their own space. This will limit group walk sizes to five households (six dogs maximum). Every cage will have fresh bedding in, sprayed with Adaptil prior to pick up to help dogs feel comfortable. Fresh drinking water is always carried on walks and will be offered during walks, and on return to the van.

Between groups, the van interior is fully disinfected with a DEFRA approved disinfectant proved to be both safe for animals and effective against Coronavirus when diluted correctly. All bedding will be removed and laundered. Following the current CFSG (Canine and Feline Sector Group) guidelines on coronavirus, dogs can be walked together in groups provided that non-infected households are not mixed with infected or self-isolating households. As a result, currently only dogs from non-infected households will be transported in the van and walked.

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